WCW Spring Stampede 1999 Review
Welcome back to the TJRwrestling retro reviews where we are reviewing every WCW Pay-Per-View during the “Monday Night War” era.
We are coming off of Uncensored, which saw Ric Flair defeat “Hollywood” Hogan in a “First Blood” match. The match was supposed to end after the first man started bleeding, but it went on even though Flair was busted open early, and they just made up the rest as they went. It was an average show with WCW back to their old tricks of underdelivering in the biggest moments, especially around this time. You can read my complete thoughts on that show and every WCW show we have covered here. Spring Stampede is next and Flair finds himself defending the title against three others in a Four Corners Match. Will the show deliver? Let’s find out!
WCW Spring Stampede
April 11th, 1999
Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington
The show begins with a package going over the main event, as well as showing some clips for other matches on the night, which includes a rematch from Starrcade between Goldberg & Kevin Nash.
We are brought into the arena with the voice of Tony Schiavone, and he has Mike Tenay and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan at the desk joining him. Schiavone talks about the main event, but also goes over Nash & Goldberg. It’s time for the first match of the night.
Blitzkrieg vs. Juventud Guerrera
The winner of this match will face the WCW Cruiserweight Champion on the next episode of Nitro.
Both men circle the ring before locking up for the first time. Both men exchange some holds before Guerrera takes him down to the mat with a drop toe hold. Blitzkrieg comes back with an ankle lock and tries to keep Guerrera grounded, but to no avail. Blitzkrieg gets a headlock on and hits Guerrera with a backbreaker for a two-count. He gets some chops across the chest of Guerrera, but he soon is on the receiving end of a Hurricanrana from Guerrera. Blitzkrieg recovers and works Guerrera into the corner and he hits a handspring elbow. He tries to follow up and slam Guerrera’s head in the corner, but Guerrera reverses course and slams his head there instead. Blitzkrieg slides out of the ring, but Guerrera comes out after him with a splash over the top. He rolls him back into the ring and hits a Brainbuster for a two-count. Guerrera maintains control with a stretching submission, but Blitzkrieg rolls out of it into a pinning predicament. He follows up and hits Guerrera with a back kick and dropkicks him to the outside. Blitzkrieg climbs to the top for a splash, but Guerrera walks out of the way. Blitzkrieg runs to the other corner and comes off to the outside, but is met with a dropkick to the chest. Guerrera rolls him back in the ring and hits a chop across the chest, but is soon tossed out of the ring with a Headscissors Takeover. Blitzkrieg comes out after Guerrera with a Springboard Moonsault and wipes both men out. Back in the ring, both men exchange some offense before Guerrero drops him with a Reverse DDT. They both go to the top, but they end up having an awkward exchange which sends both men to the mat. Blitzkrieg tries a senton, but Guerrera rolls out of the way. Guerrera goes for a Juvi Driver, but Blitzkrieg reverses and takes Guerrera down to the mat. He puts Guerrera on the top, but Guerrera catches him and hits a Juvi Driver off the top which is enough to put him away after 11:11.
Winner: Juventud Guerrera
Match Rating: 4/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: This was a fun opener with a lot of back and forth offense. Both men showed good athleticism and both men went out and tore it down. This was one of the matches of the year for 1999, and I can’t say that I disagree with that sediment. Although Blitkreig was used as much as Guerrera, he held his own well and this was an awesome opener.
They show a package for the next match between Hak & Bam Bam Bigelow. They had a match last month as well, but Raven was part of that one. That match’s conclusion saw Chastity turn her back on Raven and become Hak’s right hand.
Hak (w/ Chastity) vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Bigelow brings out a cart full of weapons and Hak meets him in the aisleway. They start brawling up the aisleway and Hak grabs a table that was hidden underneath the hay of the set. He puts Bigelow on the table and climbs up on the wagon to hit a flipping somersault through the table, wiping out both men. Bigelow is the first one up and destroys Hak with a piece of the table. They start fighting back towards the ring with Bigelow being on the offensive the whole way. Bigelow throws him into the cart at ringside and Hak takes an ugly bump. Bigelow hits him across the back with a crutch before rolling him back into the ring. As Bigelow slides in, he gets hit with a garbage can. Hak slams Bigelow against the table in the ring before going out and getting another one. He moves the railing to lay the table across. Bigelow cracks Hak with a garbage can and a sign as he comes back in before grabbing a broom and hitting him with it as well.
Bigelow tries a suplex, but can’t get him over and both men just fall to the mat. Hak rolls out of the ring and grabs a ladder. Bigelow hits him as he comes in and slams his head into the corner. Bigelow grabs the ladder, but Hak dropkicks it back into his face. He slams the ladder down on Bigelow and goes to the top to hit a senton. Hak hits Bigelow with a Bulldog on the ladder before rolling out of the ring to get another table and a safety railing that he throws in the ring. Both men exchange shots to the head before Hak cracks Bigelow with the trash can again. Hak sets up a ladder, but Bigelow throws him off to the outside through the table he set up earlier. Bigelow sets the ladder up in the corner and the railing on the other side. Bigelow throws him into the ladder in the corner and smashes Hak with the garbage can. Hak starts to make a “comeback” with a crutch and slams Bigelow on the railing. He climbs up top and comes off, but Bigelow rolls out of the way and he hits nothing but railing. Bigelow picks up the railing and goes to hit Hak with it, but Chastity gets in the ring with a fire extinguisher. She misfires and Bigelow hits her with it instead which sends her crashing out of the ring. Hak his Bigelow with a side Russian Legsweep on the railing. Both men work their way to the top rope which ends with Bigelow giving Hak The Greetings From Asbury Park through the table. He covers him to win after 11:33.
Winner: Bam Bam Bigelow
Match Rating: 2.75/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: These matches are hard to rate because they are all over the place, but these two beat the hell out of each other. It was nearly 12 minutes of our chaos. Schiavone buried the garbage can saying it wouldn’t hurt to get hit with, which was fun. I give these guys props for laying it all on the line.
Scotty Riggs vs. Mikey Whipwreck
This match was added at the last minute just to fill out the card. Whipwreck got a shot at Kidman last month but came up just short in his debut PPV match.
They lock up with Riggs working Whipwreck into the corner, but he quickly breaks it after the referees count. He hits a Scoop Slam and takes Whipwreck down to the mat with a drop toe hold. He walks around the ring which allows Whipwreck to recover and he starts hitting some offense, including a back elbow. He sends Riggs into the ropes and hits a dropkick that sends Riggs rolling to the outside. Whipwreck comes out after him and hits some shots to the head before sending him into the railing. He rolls Riggs back in the ring and hits a leg drop across the bottom rope. Riggs goes back outside and Whipwreck comes out after him with a Slingshot Hurricanrana. He gets Riggs back in the ring, but he misses a Legdrop. Whipwreck stands on the apron before Riggs sends him flying into the railing with a vicious dropkick. That bump looked like it hurt. Riggs gets him back in the ring and hits a Double Ax handle before taking him down with a dropkick. He chokes Whipwreck against the second rope before slamming him down and getting a two-count. There are loud “boring” chants from the crowd. He sends Whipwreck in the corner and tries to follow up, but Whipwreck gets the feet up. He comes off the second rope and hits Riggs with a dropkick before hitting a Side Russian Legsweep and gets a two-count. Whipwreck hits a Hurricanrana, but Riggs gets a foot on the ropes. He sends Riggs into the ropes, but he is met with a Flying Forearm which allows Riggs to pick up the win after 7:03.
Winner: Scotty Riggs
Match Rating: DUD
Collective Thoughts: You can’t blame the guys in the match for the last-second addition on the show, but there wasn’t much to this match. The crowd wasn’t into it, but it felt like something you would see on Nitro.
There is a package for the next match between Konnan and Disco Inferno. These two would go on to start a podcast together to this day.
Konnan vs. Disco Inferno
Obviously, this is the classic “rap vs. (insert genre)” battle. Oh yeah, and Disco is a forgettable member of the NWO Wolfpac.
Konnan grabs the mic and runs down Disco’s attire and tells him he is a scrub. Disco doesn’t take that kindly and attacks Konnan and knocks him down to the mat. He kicks Konnan in the corner before hitting a clothesline and taking Konnan down to the mat again. Disco climbs up top, but Konnan is there to meet him and Disco jumps down. Konnan hits a Bulldog and dropkicks him in the chest. Konnan pounds on him in the corner and Disco is down on the mat. Konnan sends Disco into the corner and tries a clothesline, but Disco gets an elbow to the head. Konnan fights back and hits an arm drag, but it’s short-lived and Disco hits a back elbow. Disco snaps him over the starts wearing Konnan down with a chin lock. Both men get back to their feet and Disco hits a Swinging Neckbreaker and covers him for a two-count. He climbs up to the second rope and hits an elbow drop for a near fall. Konnan recovers enough to hit some offense and as both men fall to the outside, Konnan throws Disco into the post. He slams him against the railing before rolling him back in the ring. Disco is the first one up and hits a fist drop before covering him for a two-count. Both men get to their feet and exchange blows, but Disco remains on the offensive with a scoop slam. He climbs up top and misses an elbow drop. Konnan hits the Rolling Clothesline and catches him with the 187, but Disco kicks out. Konnan rolls him up again, but it’s not enough. He sends Disco into the ropes, but he is met with a Neckbreaker. Disco goes for The Last Dance, but Konnan reverses it and hits the same move on Disco to pick up the win after 9:17.
Match Rating: 1.5/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: This was alright, but nothing special. This was the first “traditional” wrestling match on the show, but that’s about all it had going for it. Both guys were solid enough in the ring, but this didn’t have much heat to it. Disco kicking out of the 187 was a surprise, but him also losing to his own move is something we don’t see often.
WCW Cruiserweight Title Match
Rey Mysterio Jr. (c) vs. Kidman
These two are also the WCW Tag Team Champions, which is always a fun wrinkle in a feud. These two have been the face of the division over the last couple of years.
Both men shake hands before they lock up in the middle of the ring. Mysterio takes him down with a shoulder block before missing a Moonsault. Kidman takes advantage and both men end up in a pinning predicament. Kidman goes out to the apron and comes in with a Headscissors that takes Mysterio down to the mat. He sends Mysterio flying to the outside of the top rope and comes out after him with a splash. He tries to throw Mysterio into the railing, but Mysterio reverses it. Mysterio tries to capitalize, but he soon finds himself throat-first on the railing. Kidman rolls him back in the ring and tries to keep him grounded. Mysterio comes back with a Headscissors of his own and it sends Kidman to the outside. Mysterio tries a Moonsault off the apron, but Kidman catches him. He tries to drop Mysterio on the railing again, but Mysterio fights out and sends Kidman flying. Kidman gets back in the ring and Mysterio is in right after him with a senton and a Moonsault off the second rope. Mysterio tries a Hurricanrana, but Kidman reverses it into a Powerbomb and picks up a two-count. Kidman hits a series of backbreakers and gets another near fall. he sends Mysterio into the ropes and hits The Kidman Powerbomb for a two-count. He throws Mysterio back to the outside and hits a Shooting Star Press off the apron. That was impressive.
Both men get back in the ring and he slams Mysterio down before starting to climb up top. Kidman comes off the top, but he is met with a dropkick to the chest. Mysterio puts him on the top and hits a Bulldog from the top, but he only gets a two-count. Mysterio hits a Spinning Heel Kick and tries to hit a Powerbomb, but Kidman tosses him over. Kidman throws him into the corner and hits a Powerslam as Mysterio charges out. Mysterio recovers and sends Kidman flying to the outside with a clothesline. He comes off the second rope and wipes Kidman out with a splash. Back in the ring, Mysterio comes off the top, but he is met with a clothesline. They have more back and forth action before Mysterio takes him down with a Hurricanrana. Mysterio throws Kidman into the corner, but he comes up empty when coming in with a shoulder block. Kidman tries a Powerbomb, but Mysterio reverses it into a Facebuster. Mysterio tries a clothesline again, but Kidman takes him down with a shot to the head. He climbs up top, but Mysterio meets him there and Kidman ends up hitting a Sunset Flip Powerbomb for two. They exchange blows before going back up top where Mysterio hits another Bulldog. Kidman recovers and hits a Bulldog of his own. Kidman gets caught in the ropes and Mysterio comes off the top with a leg drop. Mysterio hits a Standing Moonsault for a two-count. He signals for another Powerbomb, but Kidman hits a Facebuster instead. He pulls Mysterio to the corner and climbs up, but Mysterio knocks him off. Mysterio climbs up on top and hits a Frankensteiner to win the match after 15:32.
Winner and STILL WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Rey Mysterio Jr.
Match Rating: 3.25/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: This was a solid match which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has been following along. Both of these guys are great and this was one of those matches that didn’t slow down much at all. There was everything in this one and whoever came out on top, both men looked good.
The announcers talk about the upcoming tag team match between Benoit & Malenko vs. Raven & Saturn. Benoit & Malenko were the Tag Team Champions, but Raven & Saturn cost them the titles in a match against Kidman & Rey Mysterio Jr. Raven & Saturn have been at odds as of late, but have put their differences aside to form this alliance.
Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko (w/ Arn Anderson) vs. Raven & Saturn
Saturn and Benoit start the match for their team and Benoit quickly sends him to the outside. Malenko tries to attack Saturn, but he ends up taking both men out before getting back in the ring and tagging Raven in. Raven takes Benoit down and covers him for a two-count. Saturn tags back in and they hit a double-team splash move and he covers Benoit again for a near fall. Raven tags back in, but he is taken out by Benoit with a dropkick which sends Raven to the outside. He is double-teamed by Malenko and Anderson on the outside before getting back in the ring. Malenko tags into the match and hits Raven with a suplex. Malenko sends Raven into the ropes and hits a back kick before tagging Benoit back into the match. Raven rolls up Benoit, but the referee’s back is turned. Benoit hits a Back Suplex on Raven and covers him for a near fall. He sends Raven into their corner and both men take their turns working on Raven. Malenko tags in and pounds on Raven in the corner before hitting a clothesline. He sends Raven to the other side, but this time he is met with a boot to the face and both men are down on the mat. Raven crawls to his corner to make the tag and Saturn takes out Malenko and knocks Anderson off the apron before starting to work on Benoit. He hits some punches to the head before turning around and getting hit by Malenko. He puts Saturn on the top, but Raven gets him on his shoulders and they hit a double-crossbody.
Benoit comes in to help Malenko and he fights with Raven to the outside. On the inside of the ring, Malenko gets Saturn in the Texas Cloverleaf, but he gets to the ropes. Saturn gets up and hits Malenko with the Death Valley Driver, but Benoit comes off the top with The Flying Headbutt to break it up. Benoit is the legal man and chops Saturn across the chest. Benoit hits a Backbreaker and covers him for a two-count. Benoit works Saturn into their corner again and stomps on the leg of Saturn before tagging Malenko back into the match. Malenko mocks Saturn before going for a pin attempt. Malenko sends Saturn into the ropes and gets him in a Sleeper Hold as he comes in. Raven comes in and stomps on the head of Malenko before Benoit comes in and knocks him off the apron. He makes a quick tag back into the match and hits Saturn with a Northern Lights Suplex for a two-count. Benoit sends Saturn to the outside which allows Malenko to stomp on him on the floor. Benoit tags him back into the match and they continue to isolate him. Saturn fights out with a back suplex and slowly crawls to his corner. Saturn makes the tag to Raven and he takes both men out. He sends Malenko to the outside before starting to work on Benoit. Saturn throws a chair in the ring and Raven sets it up and drops Benoit on it. Malenko is set up on a table on the outside, but Anderson pulls him off and Saturn crashes through the table. Raven hits The Even Flow DDT, but Anderson comes in and sets up a chair on Raven’s head before getting back out of the ring. Benoit comes off the top with a Headbutt and that allows Malenko to cover Raven and win the match after 14:11.
Winner(s): Dean Malenko & Chris Benoit
Match Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: This was a very good tag team match between two teams that really worked well together. Raven was always so cool to me so anytime I get to see him in a match, it’s a treat. The crowd was firmly behind Raven & Saturn which is a change of pace from the last couple of months. I thought the ending was creative enough. Solid outing.
They show some recent action in the tournament to crown a new WCW United States Champion. Tonight will be the finals of that tournament.
WCW United States Title Tournament Finals
“Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner vs. Booker T.
This is when Steiner really started to come into his own as a singles star. WCW has been behind both of these guys and it shows with this marquee match. Booker T. is also the WCW Television Champion.
Steiner goes around to the fans and gets in their faces as the bell sounds and the match is set to begin. Steiner gets in the ring and there is a face-to-face. Steiner jumps back out of the ring to confront some more fans before getting back in and locking up. Booker takes him down with a waist lock. Steiner reverses course and uses his wrestling background to get Booker down on the mat. Steiner comes off the ropes, but he is met with a clothesline to the head. Booker hits an arm drag and that sends Steiner out of the ring. He climbs back in and works Booker into the corner where he gets some punches and elbows to the head. He pounds on the back of Booker. He sends him into the ropes, but Booker comes back with a Flying Forearm. He hits a back kick and sends Steiner crashing to the outside. Booker comes out after him and they start brawling on the floor. Back in the ring, Booker kicks Steiner and knocks him into the corner. He takes Steiner down with a boot and gets ten punches on him on the mat. He sends Steiner into the corner again and this time he comes in a series of clotheslines. Booker climbs up on the second rope and punches Steiner some more, but Steiner comes back and drops Booker on the top rope. They go back to the floor and Steiner throws him into the railing. Steiner grabs a chair and hits Booker with it before rolling him back in the ring.
Steiner sends Booker into the ropes and hits a clothesline as he comes back. He does some push-ups in the ring before starting to pound on Booker in the corner again. Steiner hits a Backbreaker before bringing Booker to his feet and hitting a Belly to Belly Suplex. He covers Booker and attacks the referee after he gets the shoulder up. Steiner then hits a low blow on Booker. Steiner gets him in a Bearhug and just as Booker is fighting out, he suplexes him. He tries another suplex, but Booker fights out and drops Steiner with a DDT. Both men get back to their feet and exchange blows back and forth. Booker hits a Spin Kick and a series of clotheslines, the last one of which knocks out the referee. Booker hits the Axe Kick and flattens him with a Flapjack. He covers Steiner, but the referee is out. Booker picks up the referee, but Steiner knocks him out again. He tries to hit Booker, but he hits a Spinebuster. Booker goes up top, but Steiner knocks him down. Steiner goes up and hits the Frankensteiner. He covers Booker and drags the referee over, but Booker gets the shoulder up. Booker ducks a clothesline and hits a vertical suplex, but Steiner hits him with a foreign object on the way down. Steiner drags the referee into the ring and he counts the fall. The match lasted 16:00.
Winner and NEW WCW United States Champion: Scott Steiner
Match Rating: 3/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: This was a good match between two guys that were personal favorites of mine. Booker was on fire around this time and both men had a nice showing here. There was back and forth action, a lot of athleticism, and it was just an entertaining match. Steiner cheating to win was on brand, and it was always a treat when these guys got in the ring. Steiner seemed to have a newfound intensity about his character and he did a good job showcasing what a good heel can do.
Rey Mysterio Jr. is backstage with the internet guys before they send it to the package for the much-anticipated rematch coming up next.
Kevin Nash (w/ Elizabeth & Lex Luger) vs. Goldberg
The bell sounds and Nash has a mic. He does the usual shtick before both men lock up. Nash gets him in the corner and starts driving the knees into the chest. He continues pounding on Goldberg in the corner and starts choking him with his boot. Elizabeth gets on the apron to distract the referee as Nash hits Goldberg with a low blow. Nash sends him back into the corner before dropping him with a Sidewalk Slam for a two-count. Nash chokes him in the ropes and smashes Goldberg against them. Nash sends Goldberg into the ropes and tries a Big Boot, but Goldberg ducks under and slams Nash down to the mat. Nash tries to get some shots in, only this time, Goldberg ducks under them and takes Nash down with a leg sweep. Goldberg tries a Spear, but Nash leapfrogs it and he ends up taking out the referee. Luger hits Goldberg in the back with a chair which allows Nash to try a Jackknife Powerbomb. Goldberg fights out which brings Luger into the ring. He takes Luger out and hits Nash with a Spear. He pulls Nash over and hits a Jackhammer to win the match after 7:44.
Match Rating: 2/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: This was fine, but it was meant as a way for Goldberg to get his win back. Nash is the only man to beat Goldberg up to this point and you know they had this match in mind before they had the Starrcade match. I liked it for the most part, although there were some parts that dragged on a touch.
4 Corners Match for The WCW World Heavyweight Championship
“Nature Boy” Ric Flair (c) vs. “Hollywood” Hogan vs. Sting vs. Diamond Dallas Page (“Macho Man” Randy Savage is the guest referee)
Savage has been off TV for a bit before making his return shortly before this show. He said on Nitro that he wanted to be the guest referee so that there would be a clear winner. Sting is back with the white and black face paint.
The bell sounds and all four men start going at it. Hogan and Flair send each other out of the ring as Page and Sting are going at it in the ring. Sting gets Page in the Scorpion Death Lock, but Page gets to the ropes. Page comes back with a knee to the gut and a DDT. Sting ducks a clothesline from Page and hits one of his own. Sting hits Page with a Stinger Splash in the corner, but Flair is in to make the save. Hogan and Page start pounding on each other as Flair and Sting are rekindling their old feud. Sting sends him and Page over the top rope as Hogan and Flair are fighting in the ring. Hogan wears him out with his weightlifting belt and sends him into the corner with a clothesline. Flair comes back with some chops to the chest of Hogan, but it has no effect and he takes Flair out. He hits the Legdrop on Flair as Sting gets Page in the Scorpion Death Lock, but Sting chooses to break up the pin. Flair is now in control of Hogan in the ring and he gets him in The Figure Four Leglock. Sting and Page are slamming each other into the railing at ringside as Hogan gets the move turned over. Page comes in and stomps on Hogan to break the hold. Page sends Flair over the top rope and pulls Hogan to the post. He does the Bret hart Figure Four around the post, but Sting comes over to break it up.
A trainer runs down to ringside and brings Hogan to the back. Bischoff is coming out to check on Hogan as he gets to the back. In the ring, Sting hits Flair with a dropkick as Page looks on from the corner. Sting hits a clothesline on Flair and absorbs some chops in a comeback. Sting sends Flair into the corner who takes the Flair bump and Sting hits him with a clothesline on the apron. Page hits Sting as he turns around and covers him for a two-count. Page continues to stomp on Sting and hits Flair with a clothesline for a two-count. Page hits Sting with some elbows in the corner. He tries a Diamond Cutter, but Sting pushes him off and hits a Facebuster. Sting picks up Page in a Tombstone, but Page turns it around and hits him with it instead. Flair breaks up the count. Flair sends Page to the outside and turns his sights to Sting. Sting comes back, though, and hits Flair with a Superplex. He slowly crawls over and gets an arm across Flair, but he gets the shoulder up. Flair hits Sting with a back suplex before getting him in a Sleeper Hold. Page comes in and gets a Sleeper on Flair and they have a three-man Sleeper until Sting dropped them with a Jawbreaker. Page and Flair both work on Sting in the ropes, but he starts to make a comeback. They send Sting into the ropes, but he comes back with a double clothesline. he wipes both men out before hitting another Facebuster on Page. He hits Flair with a Stinger Splash and puts him in The Scorpion Death Lock, which Page breaks up. Sting hits Page with The Scorpion Death Drop and all three men are down. Flair drops a knee on Sting and puts him in The Figure Four. Sting rolls it over and gets to the ropes, but Savage kicks his hand off of them. Savage drags both men to the middle of the ring and hits Flair with The Flying Elbow Drop. Page is the first man up and takes Sting down to the mat. Flair tries a chop, but Page ducks under and hit him with The Diamond Cutter to win the title after 17:27.
Winner and NEW WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Diamond Dallas Page
Match Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
Collective Thoughts: Finally, we have the main event that at least delivers when it should. All four of these guys had been main eventers for years and, with the exception of Page, had all been World Champions coming into the match. The action never slowed much the story of the match was Flair taking on Hogan for most of it. Hogan exiting the match early with a “knee” injury was a way to have him not be involved in the fall or even the match for that matter. Page deserved a run with the title, and the way they put him over made him a star. Sting had a strong showing as well, and it seemed they he could have won the match at different points. I can’t conclude this without letting everyone know that Savage had the best elbow drop in history.
Overall Show Rating: 7/10
I thought this show was very good from start to finish. There were a lot of familiar matchups, but also some fresh ones to give some variety. Obviously, you had some throwaway stuff, but for the most part, this show delivered. The opening Cruiserweight match was awesome, and I liked Booker vs. Steiner a lot as well. WCW had a knack for underdelivering in the big moments, although, they rebounded nicely here. Page winning the title was awesome, and I think he should have gotten it way before this. This is about the time where the train came off the tracks, and this would be one of the last times we would see a quality show from WCW. Sure, they had matches that stood out after this, but I feel like this may be one of their final good shows overall.
What did you think of WCW Spring Stampede 1999? Loved it? Hated it? Do you wish Sting would have won? Either way, keep the conversation going over @collectiveheel on Twitter to let me know your thoughts. Take care of yourselves, and more importantly, each other. I will be back soon enough with some more Collective Thoughts.